3Ws – James Comtois

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What do you create?

Plays, mostly. Or to be more specific, scripts — I usually need a lot of help getting the scripts turned into full productions of plays. From about 2000 until about 2013, I co-ran a theatre company in New York called Nosedive Productions with our mutual pal Pete Boisvert. Through Nosedive, we staged several of my plays, which was a great deal of fun. I’ve recently stepped away from producing so I can just be a playwright for a little while. That may change in the future, but for now, I really like just being the chef (rather than the chef, the server, the maître-d’ and the busboy).

Most recently, my play, Monkeys, was staged in Chicago by the theatre company Random Acts and has been published by Chicago Drama Works.


Why do you create?

Wow, good question. I’m not sure I can provide a coherent answer to that. I’d like to say I create because it’s fun, but that’s a touch disingenuous (it can be absolutely grueling). I’d also like to say I create because it’s rewarding, but that’s not always the case (although it certainly can be at times). And I can’t even pretend to say I create for the money (even though those royalty checks are as welcome as those checks you get from your grandmother on your birthday). So why on earth do I do this?

I mean, I guess I ultimately create because…well, what else am I going to do?


What do you consume?

Wow. Lots of stuff, from TV to movies to podcasts to music to Snickers bars. My doctor would very much like me to cut back. On the Snickers bars, I mean. I don’t think he cares one bit about my TV binge-watching.



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